A season’s worth of athletic successes, heartaches and memories for Valley high school athletes will culminate with state competitions today.
University’s defending champion softball team is in Tacoma making its ninth consecutive 4A tournament appearance.
Molly Owen, Jessica Keeton, Christine Shollenberger and Nikki Skaggs are in their third straight state tourney.
Track athletes are in Pasco and at Eastern Washington University. Central Valley has six individuals in seven events and two relay teams. Tasheen Garry is involved in three events, including the 300 hurdles and long jump, and Anna Layman in two, the open 800 meters and the 1,600 relay.
East Valley’s Andy Roof in the shot put and discus is one of half a dozen Knight state qualifiers. He and shot putter Kelcee Moody are returning placers.
University’s Amie Dahnke, one of the state’s premier distance runners, is joined by her 800 relay teammates.
West Valley has eight 3A state individual events qualifiers and three relays, including three-event performer Rashad Toussaint, the reigning triple jump state champion, and Kayla Mainer, the defending high jump champion.
Freeman’s boys and girls have 13 athletes each competing in various events in the 1A state track and field meet at EWU, including four-event jumper Kevin Hatch and fellow pole vaulter Connor Sayres, multi-event performers Jessie DePell and Kelsey LaShaw and distance placer Amber Raines.
Valley Christian has 13 entrants total for the B meet including distance title contender Troy Fridley, long jumper Andrew McNamara and speedy girls led by Erika Hattamer and Amy Fox.
Prep golfers end year
State golf was played earlier this past week.
During 4A competition Central Valley’s Nick Grigsby tied for 15th with seven others at 149 for two rounds. University’s Haley Parsons also tied for 15th with a two-day total of 162. Mandy Parsons shot 167 and CV’s Nicole Barham shot 175.
West Valley’s Ashley Wieber finished 20th at 170 during the 3A tournament.
Davis to UW for baseball
Central Valley catcher-third baseman Stewart Davis will attend the University of Washington next year as an “invited walk-on” baseball player.
Davis, who had four home runs and drove in 21 runs for the Bears this year, with a .740 slugging percentage. In one game, against Shadle Park, Davis hit a three-run double in the sixth inning and a grand slam homer in the seventh.
He had “tons of interest” from several other colleges, including Linfield and even a call from Texas A&M, said his father, Freeman volleyball coach Kenny Davis.
Stewart Davis transferred from Freeman during his junior season and played junior varsity baseball last spring. He was a football starter for the Bears last fall.
Trailhead golfers hit the links
Another week, another day at the golf course for Trailhead Ladies Club members.
This time it was Marcia Rowley‘s turn to lead A flight, shooting a 51 that was 10 strokes lower than the next-closest flight winner.
Bev Johnson shot 61 in B flight, Pat Woollett shot 64 in C and no-handicap golfer Harriet Carbon shot 63. Both Johnson and Woollett had chip-ins on the next-to-last hole.
Net winners were Joyce Jacobs and Eileen Couper with 36s in A and B flights respectively. Grace Libby had 45 in C flight.
Hangman Valley golfers busy
Two weeks of competition kept Hangman Valley Ladies Club golfers busy.
During a May 13 outing Sue Larson won with a 42 counting just the even holes and using half the handicap.
On May 20, the group conducted Captain’s Cup play and putting.
Larson and Diane Joss tied for low net of the field during the monthly Cup qualifying. Both finished at 74.
Joss took 30 putts to win for fewest total during the day.
Stolp stays on track at Painted Hills
Painted Hills Ladies Club golfer Teresa Stolp remained on her game during this week’s medal outing.
Still establishing a handicap, Stolp shot Monday’s low round with a 43.
Carol Blume, the A flight winner, wasn’t far behind with a 45.
Other low gross winners were Deanna Tucker with 52 in B flight, Emma Long with 56 in C flight and Edie Foedisch with 62 in D flight.
Net winners were Inge Klep with 33 in A and Marcia Taylor with 32 in B. There was a tie in C flight between Cathy Diehl and Sandee Bickelhaupt with 35s, and in D where Cleo Workland and Bobby Fey had 33s.
Marisa Mackin birdied the second hole. Klep, Diehl, Carol Grebe, Diane Groh, Joanne Sheard.
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